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What is the purpose of the strobe light on the top of a school bus?

The light’s all about attracting attention. “It’s usually just for inclement weather, just if it’s foggy or snowing real bad,” said Shanda Torneden, trip coordinator in Lawrence for First Student Inc., which provides transportation services for the Lawrence school district. “It provides extra visibility, so drivers know we’re out there.” Such strobes are atop many, but not all, of the 98 buses First Student uses in Lawrence, she said.

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